All patients in a detox facility have rights pertaining to their treatment, health and well- being. Patients are not kept against their will, and do not have to accept treatments that do not work, or cause too much physical or emotional pain. Here are a few more rights all patients have:
1. Considerate care that respects the individual meets their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. The goal of a detox facility is to allow patients to fight their addictions their own way, rather than killing addiction by force against a patient’s will.
2. Patients have the right to be well informed about their treatment, possible outcomes, and risks. The identities and roles of doctors and nurses are not to be kept from the patient.
3. The right to refuse certain treatments. Doctors and workers will find avenues to fighting addiction that gel with a patient’s comfort and willingness to accept treatment.
4. Security and privacy. All records and treatment plans are strictly confidential between doctor and patient. The facility is secure and adequately protects patients.
5. Patients have the right to express their individual cultural and spiritual practices, so long as they do not harm other patients or restrict treatment.
6. Patients have the right to review their own treatment records, except when restricted by law. These records will also be interpreted and analyzed for you as needed.
7. The right to participate in research or refuse. Patients will be notified if they are targeted for study and have the right to refuse.
8. The right to appropriate pain and discomfort management.
9. Patients have the right to know about charges and payment plans, as well as a patient relations department, designed to deal with patient issues.
10. Participation in ethical decisions related to one’s care.